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Patrick Corvington is the Senior Fellow at the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading responsible for managing the Campaign’s relationships with federal agencies. He served in the Obama administration as the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service after working as a senior vice president for Habitat for Humanity International and as a senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A native of Haiti, Corvington is fluent in French, French Creole and Spanish, holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Maryland and an MA in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins. He has focused much of his career on helping non-profit organizations bolster their leadership and organizational development and research capabilities. He has worked as a patient advocate in an HIV/AIDS clinic; traveled the East coast as a case manager for migrant workers; managed a huge housing construction project with President Carter in Haiti, and worked to build the capacity of non-profits in Russia.

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a broad coalition of partners devoted to reversing one of the most serious problems in American education -- some 80 percent of low-income kids can’t read at grade-level by 3rd grade. The Campaign works to develop and support common-sense solutions at the federal, state and local levels.

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Florence Nightingale Still Gets It Right: A Healthy Home Equals Healthy Kids

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 2:52 PM

Florence Nightingale once wrote: "The connection between health and the dwelling of the population is one of the most important that exists." In other words, where we live affects our health. That was well over 100 years ago. Still, the problem of unhealthy homes persists and disproportionately affects...

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The Tragedy of Permanence -- Depression Myths Can Be Fatal

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Writer Andrew Solomon refers to suicide as "...a permanent solution to a temporary problem." And when it happens, the inevitable conversations are held in private and public forums: "Why?" "What did he have to be depressed about?" "We've all felt depressed, we've all had tough times..." and so...

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What I Didn't Do on My Summer Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Every morning I hear it: the kids' daily countdown -- "...only 3 days left, 2 days!" School is about to end -- freedom -- summer vacation is in sight. If any of you have a Rockwellian view of summer -- cue family station wagon rolling out of an L.L. Bean...

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Do You Want the Good News Or...

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 4:36 PM

... the less good news? The good news is that this year, 80 percent of students who started 9th grade four years ago, graduated from high school -- that is, graduated on time according to an excellent recently released GradNation report. This is significant progress towards the Department...

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It All Comes Back to the Reading Gap

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 3:39 PM

When President Obama announced an initiative focused on young men of color, he shared a statistic that took my breath away: 86 percent of African American boys can't read proficiently in fourth grade, compared to 58 percent of white peers.

Think about that for a minute. That means only 14...

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A Tribute to George H.W. Bush's Legacy of Service

(11) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 1:12 PM

At times of great upheaval and uncertainty, the willingness of selfless people in this country and around the world to step up and make a difference is a singular constant. In the aftermath of the devastating Tohoku earthquake earlier this month, Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan called his countrymen to...

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Living Dr. Martin Luther King's Example: Drum Majors for Change in Our Communities

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 12:07 AM

As the nation struggles with far-reaching challenges, ranging from helping struggling young people achieve success in school and life to assisting veterans returning home from the battlefield, there are heroes among us whose unwavering commitment provides inspiration and an example to us all.

At the Corporation for National and Community...

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Strengthening America Through Service

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 1:42 AM

One year ago today, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, and with it ushered in the most sweeping expansion of national service in a generation.

The legislation's remarkably swift bipartisan journey though Congress reflected a national consensus that service is a powerful response to the...

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